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Did Christ Die of Melancholy?

An online seminar hosted by The University of Western Australia. Part of the CHE Virtual Fellows Seminar Series


Image: Master of the Orcagnesque Misericordia (Italian, Florence, active second half 14th century), Head of Christ. The Met

Date: Wednesday 10 August 2022
Time: 3:00pm AWST / 5:00pm AEST
Venue: Online via Zoom. Please email emotions@uwa.edu.au for connection details. 
Enquiries: emotions@uwa.edu.au

Through a repertory of patristic and medieval texts, this presentation will document the association of the figure of Christ with, in the first place, the monastic sin of sloth (acedia) and thereupon its humoral or psychological corollary, melancholy. It will reflect then on the significance in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries of accounting for the passions with a more profound psychological reading of the Passion.


Véronique Duché (The University of Melbourne)


Jeremy Thompson completed his PhD at the University of Chicago in 2014. From 2018 to 2021, he held an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at the University of Erlangen. His research focuses on the ways in which scientific knowledge impinged on religious thought during the early and high Middle Ages. He currently resides in Bonn, Germany.